In Mississippi, for example, it became illegal to give reading
In Mississippi, for example, it became illegal to give reading and writing instruction to slaves, nor could they work in the printing business. A slave could not hold a religion service unless conducted in the presence of two approved white observers. A slave could be whipped thirty-nine times for threatening a white man. Slave testimony was not valid against a white man. If a slave was convicted of a felony, the sheriff could burn the slave’s hand in the courtroom. The state paid a slave-owner half the value of a slave who was executed for a capital crime. An organized patrol system monitored local territories for fugitives.